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Morris-dance, "a name given to dances used on festival occasions, and particularly on May-day, at which time they are not even now entirely disused in some parts of England. It appears that a certain set of personages were usually represented in the Mayday morris-dance, who have been thus enumerated. Mids. II, 1, 98 The Bavian, or fool. Mids. II, 1, 98 Maid Marian, or the queen of May, the celebrated mistress of Robin Hood. Mids. II, 1, 98 The friar, that is friar Tuck, chaplain to the same personage. Mids. II, 1, 98 Her gentleman-usher, or paramour. Mids. II, 1, 98 The hobby-horse. Mids. II, 1, 98 The clown. Mids. II, 1, 98 A gentleman. Mids. II, 1, 98 The May-pole. Mids. II, 1, 98 Tom Piper. 10, 11. Foreigners, perhaps Moriscos. 10, 11 The domestic fool, or jester" (Nares): with no more (show of fear) “than if we heard that England were busied with a Whitsun m.” H5 II, 4, 25.
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